KAUFMAN
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TEXAS POORHOUSE HISTORY by county
 

 

FEATURE ARTICLE:

Click on the link above to see a wonderful historical essay (with photographs) written by Kathey Kelley Hunt, 
Kaufman County Historical Commission. 

 

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HISTORICAL MARKER:

"As did many Texas counties of the era, Kaufman County created a poor farm in 1883 in orderr to provide the indigent residents and families of the area with food, shelter, and medicine. This work program replaced earlier relief efforts. All able-bodied persons were required to work, including resident guards and county inmates convicted of minor crimes who were originally brought from the jail daily for labor; by 1893 they were housed on the farm. In the 1930s the farm was used to demonstrate new agricultural techniques. Usually filled to capacity, the farm operated until the 1970s. By 1997. a cemetery and a few buildings remained. (1997)"

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LOCAL NOTES:

In March 1998, during Kaufman County's Sesquicentennial celebration, a Texas State Historical Marker was erected on the Poor Farm site by the Kaufman County Historical Commission.


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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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RECORDS:

 

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CEMETERIES:
"From the earliest annals of Kaufman County history there had always been a "place of burial" for transients and persons who died while in jail, and a place where "quarantined" persons were buried away from the populace. It is not known the exact date that this practice began, but in 1871 persons who were victims of a typhoid fever epidemic were ordered buried on "Dr. Snow's place" and that site is now know as the Kaufman County's Indigent Graveyard and is located on the north side of Highway 34 on land that was once a part of the County Poor Farm. That land is still used today as a burial site for indigent dead."  (from the historical article by Kathey Kelley Hunt

READ THE CEMETERY STORY (with photos & lists)

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in  KAUFMAN county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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